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Category: Sea Watch

 “Shocking” glass sponge reef video not that shocking, says expert

Glass sponge reef video being peddled by anti-fish farm lobby is a natural occurrence says expert (PICTURE: The top is a screen grab from a video of dead glass sponge reefs purportedly close to a salmon farm in the Broughton…

Rethink your plastic use this Earth Day

Sunday, April 22nd 2018 will mark forty-eight years since the inception of the first Earth Day and I am especially troubled by the lack of progress we have made in curbing the waste and pollution being dumped into our oceans….

A common vision to protect wild salmon

B.C. government releases advisory council report on salmon aquaculture By Fabian Dawson SeaWestNews A B.C. government panel’s report on aquaculture underscores the need for salmon farm practices to better align with a common vision on the importance of sustaining wild…

Crime Stoppers and BC Salmon Farmers launch unique environmental tip line in B.C.

BC Salmon Farmers first group to step up to the plate as Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers initiates unique partnership to fight poaching and pollution By Fabian Dawson SeaWestNews.com The proliferation of environmental crimes locally and globally has prompted Crime Stoppers…

Wild salmon facing toxic punch from stormwater runoff

Stormwater runoff of urban roadways pose toxic danger to wild salmon Washington State University researchers have found that salmon face a double whammy when they swim in the stormwater runoff of urban roadways, WSU News reports. First, as scientists learned…

Was your seafood caught by slaves?

Consumers and governments around the world being warned to ensure the seafood from Thailand does not involve human trafficking and forced labour In 2011, Saw Win, 57, migrated to Thailand to find a job, hoping to earn money to send…

A net loss for Canada

The catch of non-target fish and ocean wildlife, or “bycatch,” results in unnecessary waste and harm to sea life says Oceana Canada A report released from Oceana Canada — Collateral damage: How to reduce bycatch in Canada’s commercial fisheries —…

Are salmon farms killing off wild salmon?

No. A comprehensive study into dozens of possible threats that may have affected the return of Fraser River sockeye (2009) did not find salmon farms to be having a significant negative impact. The $35M Cohen Commission of Inquiry reviewed 600,000…

Why do we farm salmon?

Without salmon farming in aquaculture, wild fish are at risk of overfishing Fish are the world’s largest traded food commodity. Our oceans cannot supply the increased demand for healthy seafood, therefore we need salmon farming, along with all other seafood…

What is Shellfish aquaculture?

Shellfish aquaculture is the farming (i.e., cultivation and harvest) of aquatic invertebrates, such as oysters, clams and mussels. Cultivation implies involvement in the rearing process to enhance production, such as regular stocking and protection from predators. Shellfish farming has been…

Where do we farm shellfish in BC?

Shellfish farms are located primarily around the west coast of Vancouver Island and in the Georgia Basin. The cool, nutrient-rich coastal waters of British Columbia’s vast coastline (over 27,000 km) provide the ideal location to grow some of the highest-quality…

What kind of shellfish do we farm?

In Canada, the main species of shellfish farmed commercially are clams, geoducks, mussels, oysters and scallops. Clams The Manila Clam (Tapes philippinarum) has been harvested in British Columbia since the 1970s and has been farmed since 1985. It is known…